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Phillip

Knoxville, TN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1729)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (776)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Florid to the point of distraction"
    Overall

    An interesting plot with some unanticipated turns, it sounds when read, florid and pompous. The reading itself is really quite good. The accent is charming, and the diction and pacing make for a very understandable listen. I suspect the words on the page read well too as a beach paperback, but the combination of the accent and the overwrought/overworked descriptions was simply tiresome. I made it through 2/3 of the story before I just had to move on to something else.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    "Fascists", "Brownshirts", "jackbooted stormtroopers" - such are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents. Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up, defining their views as beyond the political pale. But who are the real fascists in our midst?

    Randy says: "Like everything you were taught is a lie."
    "One part fact, one part innuendo. Mix thoroughly."
    Overall

    This tract provides an interesting, and somewhat frightening insight into the language of conservative paranoia. By mixing fact, innuendo, and righteous indignation, the author attempts to both rehabilitate the political concept of fascism by divorcing it from the Holocaust and the early 20th century totalitarian dictatorships that adopted it, and wield the unrehabilitated connotation of it as a bludgeon, pairing it with the term "liberal" every sentence or two. The narrator does a great job with his voice by imparting a feeling of disdain and loathing for both terms. If you are looking for an intellectually honest treatment of the evolution of contemporary progressivism and liberalism from its revolutionary and reactionary roots in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this is not the read for you, although there is a great deal in it that is factually correct. If you are looking for a diatribe worthy of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, then hook up your headphones and listen away! The admixture of fact, supposition, innuendo, and outright fabulous claims provides the nascent "liberal hater" with just enough intellectual cover to support the position, but not so much as to induce an inconveniently thoughtful consideration.

    9 of 25 people found this review helpful

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